Monthly Archives: April 2015

“Did I do that?”

urkel-obama-no-caption-84607075208Tough Guy President Who Has Previously Bragged of Drawing Up His Kill Lists By Hand Now Says He Had Nothing to Do With Strike that Killed American Hostage

Quoting Jonah Goldberg:

Today, both the Pentagon and the White House (in the form of Josh Earnest) went out of their way to make sure everyone knows Obama didn’t personally or specifically sign off on the drone attacks that tragically killed two hostages, including an American.

This is curious. First of all, he’s still responsible, as he himself said in his press conference. He set up and approved a system that lets these attacks happen. There’s something cowardly about honorably taking “full responsibility” in public, and then having your flacks go out and stage whisper “It really wasn’t him.”

Perhaps he might consider borrowing this from the Truman library, and try living by it:

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Isn’t there a regulation against this?

I’m just an Air Force brat (with three years of AFJROTC and one year of AFROTC under my belt), but I suspect that red high heels aren’t authorized for wear with uniforms even for women, let alone for men.  Do commanders get to just make up changes of this sort on-the-fly?  That’s also doubtful.  How, then, was this allowed to happen?

See, this is the kind of thing that sinks Army morale

Yesterday, we discussed a couple dozen things that bad leadership does to produce morale lower than a boil on a bushmaster’s belly. The kind of morale that the Army has right now.

But that was before we saw the latest in imbecilic social-engineering from these losers who couldn’t lead feces down a drainpipe to a septic tank. We are not making this up:

Mandatory high-heel march.

How long before the social engineers running the joint manage to reduce the military to this?  (C’mon…you knew this was coming.)

This is how Hillary Clinton looks out for “everyday Americans”

The Wall Street Journal quotes Peter Schweizer’s Do as I Say, Not as I Do:

Whitewater’s Predatory Lending

Clyde Soapes was a grain-elevator operator from Texas who heard about the lots in early 1980 and jumped at the chance to invest. He put $3,000 down and began making payments of $244.69 per month. He made thirty-five payments in all—totaling $11,564.15, just short of the $14,000 price for the lot. Then he suddenly fell ill with diabetes and missed a payment, then two. The Clintons informed him that he had lost the land and all of his money. There was no court proceeding or compensation. Months later they resold his property to a couple from Nevada for $16,500. After they too missed a payment, the Clintons resold it yet again.

Soapes and the couple from Nevada were not alone. More than half of the people who bought lots in Whitewater—teachers, farmers, laborers, and retirees—made payments, missed one or two, and then lost their land without getting a dime of their equity back. According to Whitewater records, at least sixteen different buyers paid more than $50,000 and never received a property deed.

Compare that with this anecdote (also in the quoted article) from nearly 20 years earlier.  Tell me how it’s any different:

In 1961, a black man named Clyde Ross undertook to purchase a house in North Lawndale, on the West Side of Chicago. Coates explains what Ross had to do in lieu of getting a mortgage [which banks at the time wouldn’t underwrite for black neighborhoods]:

Three months after Clyde Ross moved into his house, the boiler blew out. This would normally be a homeowner’s responsibility, but in fact, Ross was not really a homeowner. His payments were made to the seller, not the bank. And Ross had not signed a normal mortgage. He’d bought “on contract”: a predatory agreement that combined all the responsibilities of homeownership with all the disadvantages of renting—while offering the benefits of neither. Ross had bought his house for $27,500. The seller, not the previous homeowner but a new kind of middleman, had bought it for only $12,000 six months before selling it to Ross. In a contract sale, the seller kept the deed until the contract was paid in full—and, unlike with a normal mortgage, Ross would acquire no equity in the meantime. If he missed a single payment, he would immediately forfeit his $1,000 down payment, all his monthly payments, and the property itself.

The latest firmware for the Asus RT-AC56U doesn’t work right. Avoid it.

33-320-167-TSI just got done getting my settings restored to my router after letting it try to update to the latest version. Version 3.0.0.4.378.4585 killed the web interface, making it unconfigurable.  Restoring the previous version from a TFTP client running on Linux wouldn’t work to set it right, either.  Good thing I had recently added Windows 7 to the empty space on my main computer’s SSD, as a Windows-based unfsck-my-router utility provided by Asus (only downloaded after I had swapped in my trusty old WRT54GL temporarily) was the only thing that would get the router running right again.

I even tried using the aforementioned unfsck-my-router utility to try installing the newer firmware, instead of letting the router update itself again.  That didn’t work either.  The only conclusion I can come to is that something is pretty badly broken in this latest release.  It won’t damage your router (it’s harder to brick than most devices), but rolling it back to working firmware is a bit of a hassle.  I’d recommend skipping this update and hold off for the next release.

Law enforcement, weaponized by the regressives

Heads must roll for this un-American atrocity:

Wisconsin’s Shame: “I Thought It Was a Home Invasion”

For dozens of conservatives, the years since Scott Walker’s first election as governor of Wisconsin transformed the state — known for pro-football championships, good cheese, and a population with a reputation for being unfailingly polite — into a place where conservatives have faced early-morning raids, multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping.

Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” — the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform — was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents, and ruin lives.

Most Americans have never heard of these raids, or of the lengthy criminal investigations of Wisconsin conservatives. For good reason. Bound by comprehensive secrecy orders, conservatives were left to suffer in silence as leaks ruined their reputations, as neighbors, looking through windows and dismayed at the massive police presence, the lights shining down on targets’ homes, wondered, no doubt, What on earth did that family do?

This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.

Largely hidden from the public eye, this traumatic process, however, is now heading toward a legal climax, with two key rulings expected in the late spring or early summer. The first ruling, from the Wisconsin supreme court, could halt the investigations for good, in part by declaring that the “misconduct” being investigated isn’t misconduct at all but the simple exercise of First Amendment rights.

The second ruling, from the United States Supreme Court, could grant review on a federal lawsuit brought by Wisconsin political activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, the first conservatives to challenge the investigations head-on. If the Court grants review, it could not only halt the investigations but also begin the process of holding accountable those public officials who have so abused their powers.

It’s enough to give the impression that the average regressive treats Nineteen Eighty-Four not as a warning, but as an instruction manual.

How long before they try to propose our very own Ermächtigungsgesetz?

15060143% of Democrats (and 26% of likely voters overall) believe 0bama should just ignore the courts if they rule against his schemes:

Should Obama Ignore the Federal Courts?

That the Democrats would be in favor of such lawlessness isn’t much of a surprise, especially with their history in such matters.  Andrew Jackson paid no price for ignoring the Supreme Court and putting a bunch of Indians on the Trail of Tears; to the contrary, he’s been on the $20 bill for decades.

Airplane! turns 35

airplane-movie-02An early script had Wally and the Beaver bringing the plane down.  In the end, of course, the only link between Airplane! and Leave It to Beaver is the scene shown to the right.  That’s just one of the bits you’ll pick up from this:

Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of Airplane!

In 1980, a trio of gentlemen from Wisconsin – Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker – took a cast of predominantly non-comedic actors, put a parodic spin on the disaster-film genre, and created a film which not only made moviegoers howl with laughter but also earned critical acclaim. Airplane! celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and if you happen to be in Nashville this weekend, you’ll have a chance to catch the film flying high on the big screen once again: The Wild West Comedy Festival will be holding a screening at The Belcourt on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., after which special guests David and Jerry Zucker will participate in a Q&A.

In an effort to increase awareness of the screening as well as apply salve to the wound of those who aren’t able to attend, we spoke with as many people involved in Airplane! as we possibly could—including the Zuckers, Jim Abrahams, and cast members Robert Hays, Frank Ashmore, Al White, Lee Bryant, Ross Harris, Jill Whelan, Maureen McGovern, David Leisure, Gregory Itzin, Marcy Goldman, and Jimmie Walker—and asked them to reflect on their experiences while making the film as well as their astonishment that audiences still love Airplane! Sadly, Otto declined to go on the record with his reminiscences, but those who were willing to open up had quite a story to tell, which you can read straight through or use the section guide on the right to flip around.